I invite you to discover the Deep Listening® community that I am cultivating world-wide. My work envelops inner worlds, dreams, nature and community through sound and multi-dimensional listening. My life has been about playing the flute and becoming a “specialist” of contemporary music. I am also fascinated with ancient sounds of our ancestors.
It seemed impossible to sing while playing the flute, yet learning complex contemporary scores led me to listen to ancient traditions. Once I could sing and play, my experiments in sound blossomed into compositions…which then pulled me to dream about lands I’d never been to. Eventually my travels gave me opportunities to improvise with artists from around the world and then…The imagined became reality.
Through my Deep Listening® practice, I am gradually collecting and uniting a global community of listeners and dreamers, through in-person and online facilitation sessions. My work as an Associate Professor of interdisciplinary music at Colorado University at Colorado Springs is the hub of my research for building a creative collective of listeners. This website shares my life work, my ideas and my explorations. This constant in-progress experiment is evolving and transforming and I deeply appreciate your participation in this process.
I am listening. Join me.
MOVEMENTS (a mini-blog)
Winter 2020 (Colorado, USA)
I am waiting. While it feels (and may even looks) like a “stagnant” detainment of creativity and collaboration, there is a vibrant undercurrent of inspiration beginning to ever so cautiously bubble up and break through the icy surface of this strenuous year. I am waiting for the thaw, for the fear to subside. I am patient. A new kind of utterance will enunciate a redefinition of what it means to be a musician in the world today. It’s not so much a state of hibernation and retreat but a state of calm recall and recognition. It’s a trusting that my listening perception will guide a reinvented musical vocabulary that has been simmering for many years now and will emerge from the depths of my consciousness. After (over) four decades of playing the flute, making music a particular way, this historic year has given me (us all) the time to stop, reflect, question, and reckon. How can we listen more compassionately? How can we heal the division between humans and the natural world? How can we propagate empathy, patience, and imagination? How can we promote generosity and careful, attentive listening skills?
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
To give our attention is to give our presence. To give our presence is to listen. Since April, I have been offering free online Deep Listening® gatherings, called “Listen In” the 30th of every month. Because it usually falls on a different day of the month, it provides an opportunity for different schedules so that people in various time zones can participate. People have been “listening in” from Panama to Germany in these light-hearted, exploratory and thoughtful activity-based gatherings.
I invite you to join our global community to playfully explore how listening can bring us together and expand our creativity and community. If you’d like to be on my mailing list, please reach out and let me know!